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Blueshirts Blow In

Game day – Habs entertain the Rangers, with Brandon Prust back and Nathan Beaulieu up from Hamilton for his first-ever NHL game. From Hockey’s Future, which was written before his season began in Hamilton, here’s what was said about this 6’3′ defenceman.

“As well as quarterback the play from the blue line, Beaulieu is a highly mobile defenseman, who carries the puck well and can make things happen on the rush. He is smart about limiting the amount of chances he takes. He is still developing physically. Beaulieu is equally adept shooting and distributing the puck.”

The Rangers are currently sitting in eighth-place in the East with 35 points, twelve behind the Habs, and of course this is a game the Canadiens need to win. Is there another option? They need to keep the momentum going from that wild and crazy night in Beantown, and in doing so, continue to make us happy because we’re spoiled rotten now.

There seems to be some issues between John Tortorella and the inconsistent Marian Gaborik – Torts and Gaborik, and it’s nice when the Habs are sailing in calm waters while teams elsewhere battle rocky waves. There’s also apparently no truth whatsoever to the rumour that Tortorella had anything to do with the disappearance of Jimmy Hoffa.

In other news -

Luci gave me this chocolate Stanley Cup for Easter but she says I can’t eat it until the Habs win the Cup. So now I have to wait until June before I can dive in. I’m also worried that North Korea might take out much of the Eastern Seaboard, which would certainly play havoc with the upcoming playoffs.

Maybe I should eat it now.

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Habs Blank New Yorkers

The line of Erik Cole, Lars Eller, and Alex Galchenyuk did major damage, each racking up a goal and an assist, and Carey Price earned his second shutout of the season as the Canadiens rebounded after a dismal collapse on Thursday against the Islanders to hand the New York Rangers a big 3-0 skunk at the Bell Centre.

But you already know that and I really don’t have to repeat it. I’m just trying to fill space, that’s all.

Six points from the above mentioned trio, and Lars Eller in particular enjoyed a terrific night. But the team in general played well and took care of a battered Rangers team who were without a bunch of guys, including Rick Nash and Michael Del Zotto. But who cares if they’re battered? Most people never seem to mind when the Canadiens have injuries so the heck with New York’s problems. Looks good on Fonzie Tortorella.

Montreal had Brendan Gallagher back in uniform after his slight concussion, but Rene Bourque was out with the flu, which he probably caught from Carey Price or PK Subban, who went through it a few days back. Hopefully Bourque, a guy who has been reincarnated this season, will be fine by Monday when the team travels up the 417 to Ottawa to meet the beat-up Senators. But again, who cares if Ottawa is beat-up?

Random Notes:

The fourth line of Travis Moen, Colby Armstrong, and Ryan White earned their money in fine fashion, and I feel every guy on the roster showed up on this night, even though they managed just three shots in the first period, which happened to be the number of shots the boys got in the first period the last time they played the Rangers. The question now lingers – Will Tortorella say anything nice about the team that beat his?

Shots on goal – Montreal 18, NY 17.

Habs in Ottawa Monday and Toronto on Wednesday. Really need these games. The Sens are hurting and the Leafs are as despicable as they’ve ever been. Maybe more so.

Max Pacioretty was hit hard by Ryan McDonagh and for a few minutes looked to be snake bitten again, but he was fine and shortly after got payback with a nasty check to McDonagh. The Rangers D-man, who went to NY as part of the Scott Gomez deal in 2009, might be eating ice cream for awhile.

 

 

Rangers Again

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Above, Rod Gilbert and Jean Ratelle battle for the puck with Henri Richard. The Pocket Rocket stood only 5’7″ and weighed just 160 pounds or so, but he was one tough hombre and had no problem holding his own against bigger guys. He was also a skilled playmaker and is the proud owner of eleven Stanley Cups, the most of any player ever. He doesn’t have enough fingers for all these.

Meanwhile, just four days after the Habs and Rangers last met, in which Montreal beat the Broadways 3-1 and N.Y. coach John Tortorella said it was “just two bad teams playing,” they meet again, this time at the Bell Centre. Maybe the Habs will impress the guy a little more this time out.

And of course there was that slight collapse on Thursday against the Islanders that can’t be allowed to fester.

Here’s a nice interview with former Ranger and valuable new Hab Brandon Prust in the NY Daily News just prior to Tuesday’s game at Madison Square Garden -  Prust talks about …..Yes it’s a little late, but it’s still interesting.

Rangers Tonight

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The Canadiens hit Broadway tonight for a meeting with the Rangers, and to keep their win streak alive, they know they’ll have to contain the big five – Rick Nash, Brad Richards, Marian Gaborik, Andy Bathgate, and little Camille Henry. They also know they must be aware of the Ranger’s tight defence, with stalwarts such as Marc Staal, Michael Del Zotto, Harry Howell, and Bill Gadsby patrolling the back end.

The Rangers sit eight in the east with 17 points, four points behind the second-place Habs, and at this point, N.Y. coach John Tortorella hasn’t announced whether he’s starting Henrik Lundqvist or Gump Worsley in goal.

A big game for the Habs, as they look to blast those Blueshirts and keep us happy.

Rangers And Kings Up By One

Things are going as Hollywood producers might hope. Los Angeles on one coast and New York on the other take their openers in their bid to meet each other in the Stanley Cup final.

The Rangers blank the Devils 3-0 on home ice Monday night, and regardless of how well the Devils played, as Glenn Healy kept reminding us, the name of the game is to score goals. You can’t win if you don’t score, and Zach Parise, Ilya Kovalchuk and the rest couldn’t score.

So the opener goes to the Rangers, while Los Angeles, with their 4-2 win the other night against the Coyotes, gets theirs too. It’s never a bad thing to skate away with a game one victory. In fact, it’s a great thing. Much better than losing game one.

The movie studios are considering the cast as we speak.

Los Angeles coach Darryl Sutter win be played by Sean Penn.

 

While Paul Michael Glazer will take on the role of Rangers coach John Tortorella.

 

Of course, it’s only game one in what could be two very long series. So if New Jersey and Phoenix end up in the finals, producers are considering Randy Quaid as Jersey coach Peter DeBoer.

  

And there’s no word yet on who will play Coyotes coach Dave Tippett, so for the time being, I’ll just throw in Nick Nolte.

 

 

 

 

 

 

Thanks For Nothing, Joe Thornton

Thanks a lot, Joe Thornton.

Thornton and his San Jose Sharks recently played the Rangers, the team Montreal meets on the ice in just a few hours, and Thornton came out and said the Rangers were the softest team he’s played against in the east.

This of course infuriated Rangers’ coach John Tortorella, and it makes me mad too because the Rangers might take a hard look at themselves and decide to prove to everyone that they’re not soft like Thornton said.

So we just might meet a tough Rangers squad tonight. If so, thanks a lot, Thornton. Thanks for nothing.

Thoughts About A Dark Night

A 6’9″ locomotive smashes a player into a partition with the puck nowhere near, a blatant infraction, and the player goes down, out cold, with doctors and trainers scrambling to hold his head steady as he’s strapped onto a stretcher. The locomotive gets thrown out of the game, and it’s discovered that the receiver of the attack has suffered a fractured vertebra in the neck and a severe concussion.

If no names had come about and you were simply told of this occurrence, wouldn’t you think the 6’9″ locomotive might receive at least some kind of discipline because of his brutal actions?

Well, the rub is this. Big Zdeno Charo will play the next game, and the game after that, while Max Pacioretty lays in a Montreal hospital bed after almost dying and with the possibility that his playing days are in the distant future only if he’s lucky.

What did Pacioretty’s coach, Jacques Martin, say about all this?  

“It is not our role to accuse. There was an incident that occurred and there have been other incidences. The league has to look at all those incidents that have had serious repercussions to certain players and I think at some point address it.”

Have we ever seen a less demonstrative coach in the NHL? Think of others, and go back as far as you want. Think of what Toe Blake would have said, and Scotty Bowman, and John Tortorella, and even Bruins’ coach Claude Julien. Any coach, even those with cool and calm demeanors, would have been furious, outraged, with fire in their eyes and expletives spewing from their mouths. Only Martin would come up with a calm, monotone answer such as “I think at some point address it.”

Mike Murphy, doing the disciplinary duties for Colin Campbell because Campbell has a son on the Bruins, didn’t feel Chara did anything worthy of a suspension. Then why is Max in a hospital bed, assaulted, when the puck was thirty or forty feet from him, and why was Chara even thrown out in the first place if the play was so innocent?

Chara was upset by the push Max gave him after Max scored the Habs winner previously? Wow. For those who haven’t seen it, Max fired it home and Chara, just in front of him, was pushed ever so slightly out of the way. Chara was supposed to apply payback for such an evil wrongdoing? Everytime I see a clip of this I ask myself what was so wrong with this little push. What a ridiculous thing for someone to get his shorts in a knot about.

Did Chara bide his time and finally pay back for such small thing in the first place? Did Chara, with his size, almost kill Max because Max gave him a little push that would barely move a small child?

It’s insane. Everything about this entire mess. TSN’s Bob McKenzie and all the rest of people out there who think there was no justification for a suspension have it wrong. A player the size of this Bruin must be responsible for damage done. Especially when the puck was nowhere near.

Thank God Max is alive and not paralyzed. And if one of these worse situations had actually happened, would Mike Murphy still allow Chara to continue playing the next game? Because what’s the difference between what happened and what could have happened?

Habs Hold On For Dear Life

I’d first like to address any Habs fans who happened to be at the Bell Centre to see the Canadiens’ 3-2 win over the New York Rangers.

You lucky bastards and bastardettes.

You saw it all in living colour, and you got your money’s worth. You saw a big win in a deafening barn. You watched Andrei Kostitsyn fire one home in dramatic fashion. You cheered as Travis Moen got his licks in against Kris Newbury. You laughed to see NY coach John Tortorella jaw it out with a spectator behind the bench. You yelled and booed as Henrik Lundqvist jumped Max Pacioretty. You were there for two big power play goals and you witnessed a dominant Habs team.

Yep, you saw real good stuff. FOR TWO FREAKIN’ PERIODS ONLY.

Montreal owned the Rangers after forty minutes, outshooting them 29-12, blasting away at a fatigued Lundqvist who barely had time to catch his breath before another onslaught would arise. It was beautiful, passionate, a big relief over what we’ve seen lately.

Then it all fell apart. Almost.

As been the case lately with the boys making it way too hard on themselves, I’ll bet we almost expected what would happen next. The Canadiens let the other team back in, and early domination evaporated as the Rangers controlled, scored again, hit the post, were all over the Habs, outshot them 21-12 in the final frame, and almost came all the way back to shock those lucky folks who happened to be at the Bell Centre, not to mention the rest of us.

A game we had in our back pocket.

That was way too close for comfort. Whew! With my wife in Vancouver and just me and the cat hanging out, maybe I should walk down to the corner pub.  I need something to calm the nerves.

Random Notes:

There was one delicious little incident that made me glow all over. Brandon Dubinsky was speaking yesterday about the apparent PK Subban slew foot, and he said that he hoped Subban might do something in tonight’s game so they could take advantage of it and score. But in fine and poetic fashion, Dubinsky let things get the best of him, went after Subban for no real reason, took a penalty of his own, and voila, Habs scored!

It was just one of those things that makes my day. It also must have been tough to take for Dubinsky.

Shots on goal - 41-33 Habs.

Wiz had assists on the Roman Hamrlik and Tomas Plekanec power play goals.

Next up – Calgary in town Monday.

When Are They Going To Stop Whining About PK?

Sportsnet Hockey Central was mentioning today that Rangers coach John Tortorella is complaining that PK Subban slew footed Brandon Dubinsky and that it was a completely dirty play. And along with Tortorella whining, it was also said by the Hockey Central boys that PK could be the new NHL disturber and is being compared to Sean Avery.

For Christ’s sakes. Sean Avery?

The world’s gone mad.

Higgins Never Became What We Thought He’d Become

higFormer Hab Chris Higgins returns to Montreal in a Rangers uniform tonight, and hopefully he’ll play just the way he did last season – lousy.

This is a guy who has always had potential, who scored more than twenty goals three times as a Montreal Canadien, but should have scored more. Too many times we endured his long, painful slumps which he always found himself in. In other words, as a Hab, in general he was a big honkin’ disappointment who never became the player and point-getter everyone thought he’d become.

The Rangers are hot, with seven wins and three losses, and are second behind Pittsburgh in the east. But Higgins isn’t hot. He’s sitting at no goals and two assists so far. Consistency has never been one of Higgins’ stronger suits, maybe because of hangovers.

He’s got a decent shot, though, if that’s any consolation.

And of course there’s the Manhattan fashion designer, Sean Avery, who has two goals and three assists so far. It appears Avery has a real nice little relationship growing between him and coach John Tortorella, who blasted Avery continuously when Torts was a TSN analyst, even going so far as saying he’d never want this guy on his team. But it seems to be working out. Avery is now being a fine human being, a hard- working forward, and it makes you wonder – is he in line for some sort of Humanitarian award?

And is there a possiblity Avery can help get Torts into the fashion-designing world?

The real problem for Montreal though, isn’t Higgins or Avery. It’s probably goalie Henrik Lundqvist, a premier netminder who so far has allowed 20 goals in nine games, which isn’t exactly stellar netminding, but not bad.  Carey Price, by comparison, has seen 20 goals get by him in only six games, including that seven-goal Vancouver debacle that I seem to be bringing up quite often. I think that night caused me permanent brain damage.

And the question now is, will Halak play or Price? In my mind it should be Halak, as he’s been in nets for the last two wins. He’s on a roll. But what do I know. I’m just a bum who can’t even get a job as stick boy or skate around with a flag before the game.